18 Creative (and Easy!) Ways For Colouring Easter Eggs
We've rounded up the simplest, prettiest and coolest ways to decorate Easter eggs (19 Photos)
Creative Easter Egg Designs
Forget dye-in-box kits -- these amazingly creative egg decorating crafts are way cooler. Best of all: they're super easy for kids of all ages and can be made with stuff you probably already have at home.LANDEESEELANDEEDO
Washi Tape Eggs
Why We Love It: This adorable decorating technique not only makes for a very interesting Easter basket, it's also completely mess-free. (Score!) Your kids will love the option of using different colors and patterns; You'll love the hassle-free clean-up and the gorgeous results.
What You’ll Need: Hard-boiled eggs and 7-mm Japanese washi tape in different colours and patterns.
How to Do It: Choose the tape you want to use for your eggs (you can use multiple colours, of course!), cut pieces of varying lengths and press onto your eggs. The pattern possibilities are endless!U CREATE WITH KIDS
Bubble Wrap Eggs
Why We Love It: This technique uses materials that you probably already have on hand -- and it creates super-cute eggs that can be decorated before or after they're dyed, for a multi-coloured effect. Plus, kids love to paint. If you have leftover bubble wrap, you can have fun popping it -- or wrap your eggs in it to keep them safe until the Easter bunny shows up!
What You’ll Need: Hard-boiled eggs, bubble wrap, acrylic paint and paintbrushes.
How to Do It: Use a paintbrush to coat the bubble wrap with the paint. Then roll your eggs over the paint. That's it!LITTLE LUCY LU
Glitter Dot Eggs
Why We Love It: These elegant eggs will have everyone agape, but creating them is as easy eating the ears off a chocolate bunny. Kids will love having free reign to dump glitter (or coloured sugar) all over and you’ll end up with beautiful eggs for baskets, centerpieces and egg hunts. And no one will end up with dye on their Easter best!
What You’ll Need: Eggs, hard-boiled, or if you want to save them for future use, blown eggs; clear adhesive dots (find these in the scrapbooking aisle of your local craft store); microfine glitters and/or coloured sugars; a pen, pencil or marker; a small, soft-bristled paintbrush; and several sheets of paper.
How to Do It: Use your pen or pencil to make marks on the egg where you want your dots to be placed. Place your adhesive dots on the marks, and remember not to place your egg on any surfaces, because the adhesives will stick it a table, plate, towel, etc. Place a piece of paper under your egg, and sprinkle glitter (or kid-friendly colored sugar) all over it. Brush off the excess with a paintbrush.DOMESTIFLUFF
Why We Love It: Not only are these a fun (and simple!) way to make Easter eggs, they’re absolutely gorgeous. Kids will have fun breaking the shells, and everyone will ooh-and-ahh over their creations.
What You’ll Need: Hard-boiled eggs, food colouring, several small bowls and cold water.
How to Do It: Boil your eggs. After they’ve cooled, roll them gently on a towel to create cracks in the shells. Prepare several bowls of cold water mixed with food coloring and place the eggs inside. Soak them overnight in your refrigerator. The next day, peel them to reveal the patterns made by the dyes.BARE FOOT KITCHEN WITCH
Tissue Paper Eggs
Why We Love It: This is a crafty and creative method for decorating Easter eggs, and it’s a perfect way to get the kids involved. There’s no dye to splatter on every surface and there’s no right or wrong way to do it.
What You’ll Need: Hard-boiled or blown eggs, tissue paper, Mod Podge (an acid-free type of glue found at your local craft store), a small bowl of water, soda bottle caps and a paint brush.
How to Do It: Cut or rip your tissue paper into small, randomly shaped pieces. Use a paintbrush dipped in water to wet your egg until it is damp, not dripping, and then gently layer on your tissue paper. As you go, use your paintbrush to gently moisten the paper so that it lays flat on your egg. Once the egg is covered in tissue paper, set it on a bottle cap to dry until it is damp. Coat the top half of the egg in Mod Podge, and let it dry for about 20 minutes. Then, flip the egg over and repeat the process until the whole egg has been coated. Tip: If you are using blown eggs and want to save them for future holidays, use three to four coats of Mod Podge.WEE FOLK ART
Duct Tape Eggs
Why We Love It: Kids love tape -- and helping them make the patterns can also be a sneaky lesson in geometry. The results of your efforts are pretty and preppy, and you’ve created a craft out of basic stuff you've already have.
What You’ll Need: Hard-boiled eggs, duct or electrical tape, small bowls of water and food colouring or other dyes (you could easily do this with dye tablets).
How to Do It: Cut the tape in varying lengths and widths and apply to the eggs, leaving some white space. Dye your egg and wait for it to dry. Remove the tape, and, if desired, reapply to create a pattern and dye with a second color.INDIE FIXX
Why We Love It: This lovely and dye-free decorating technique comes with a bonus: You get to spend time outside exploring nature with your kids. Any small flower or leaf can be pressed (note: press them for at least a week before you use them) and collecting them is a teachable moment. The results are pretty and oh-so-delicate.
What You’ll Need: A variety of pressed flowers; hard-boiled or blown eggs; and glue sticks.
How to Do It: Apply glue over the areas of the egg where you want to place your flowers. Gently press the flowers onto the egg, and allow them to dry before handling again.THE MAGIC ONIONS
Why We Love It: This is a great way to use up all those broken crayons you have hanging around, and your kids will love the tactile experience of dipping their hands into the shavings. One pro tip: Have the kids peel the wrappers off the crayons -- their small fingers will stay occupied while the eggs are cooking and cooling. The results are pretty, vibrant and unique!
What You’ll Need: Hard-boiled eggs, white vinegar, paper towels, a grater and crayons.
How to Do It: Remove the wrappers from your crayons and grate them over bowls or paper towels until you have enough shavings. Boil the eggs in water and vinegar (use 1 ½ tablespoons of vinegar for every cup of water) for 10 minutes. Remove the eggs from the pot one at a time, and let each hot egg cool for about 10 minutes. Put the egg on a plate and sprinkle the shavings over the surface. Repeat until all your eggs are decorated. You can also do all of your warm eggs at once, if you use a large enough plate.NYC TAUGHT ME
Make Your Own Sticker Eggs
Why We Love It: Is there anything cooler than making your own stickers? You can create a set of themed eggs (think bunnies, butterflies or birds), or just gather a random set of punches and let your kids go crazy with creativity.
What You’ll Need: Eggs, a basic egg-dying kit or homemade dyes, freezer paper; blue painters tape, shaped paper punches (found in craft stores)
How to Do It: Cut your freezer paper into strips that are roughly the same width as your painters tape and attach the tape to the shiny side of the paper. Punch out your shapes from this paper/tape combo. Peel the paper off your “stickers” and place them on your eggs. Submerge in your dye, allow the eggs to dry and then, peel off the stickers.LOLLCHOPS.COM
Easter Egg Bling
Why We Love It: Who wants a basket full of Easter eggs that all look the same? Creating a variety of graceful designs makes the bunny very happy, indeed. Kids will love using sparkly stickers and pretty paints, and you’ll have fun showing off your mad egg-decorating skills to your holiday guests.
What You’ll Need: Hard-boiled eggs, plain and metallic paint and/or dye; wooden skewers; adhesive vinyl (found at your craft store) and adhesive gems.
How to Do It: Dye your hard-boiled eggs and let them dry. Dip the blunt end of the skewer into your paint and use it as a brush, gently dabbing dots into the shape of a flower. Let the paint dry, and press an adhesive dot into the center. To create metallic dots, use your metallic paint and skewer. Dress your eggs up even more by cutting your vinyl into designs, either freehand or with a tool/punch, and adhere to the coloured egg.
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Easter Egg Fireflies
Why We Love It: After the Easter egg hunt is over, keep your kids busy with this fun activity: making glow-in-the-dark critters. We’re guessing they’ll want to take them outside every night this summer.
What you’ll need: LED tealight, plastic easter egg, pipe cleaners, white sticky labels, silver duct tape.
How to make it: Get a small flameless LED tealight and place it into a plastic egg. (You can use glue to keep the light in place, but it's not necessary.) Next, use a thumbtack to poke holes through the egg to insert the pipe cleaners. Draw a pair of cute little bug eyes onto while sticky labels. Finally, sculpt wings using duct tape. Now set this little critter outside and watch it glow!APARTMENT THERAPY
Dyed And Decoupaged
Why We Love It: This fun project upgrades traditional Easter eggs into modern, origami-adorned masterpieces.
What You'll Need: Various Easter egg dyes; eggs; paper towels; water; cups; spoon; white vinegar; an assortment of colored origami paper; flower-shaped hole punch; Mod Podge; and a sponge.
How to Do It: Hard boil several eggs. Stir the dye into a cup of very hot water. Repeat with other colors. Add a ¼ cup white vinegar to the water and repeat for each color. Dip the eggs in the dye of your kid's choosing, using a spoon. Let dry on a paper towel. Punch out flowers from the origami paper. Apply Mod Podge to the eggs with the sponge, and paste on the flowers.DESIGN MOM
Egg-Citing Easter Buddy
Why We Love It: This quirky art project proves you can make a bunny rabbit out of just about anything.
What You'll Need: Blue egg (available in local craft stores); a stick; 2 white pom-poms; 1 pink pom-pom, 2 googly eyes; blue craft foam; white felt; glue gun; kid-friendly scissors; and blue ribbon.
How To Do It: Pierce the stick through the bottom of the blue egg. Glue the three pom-poms in a triangular formation onto the egg to form the pink nose and white whiskers. Secure the eyes onto either side of the pink pom-pom. Cut out two blue foam ears, and two smaller ears out of the light blue felt. Glue the inner portion of the ears onto the blue ears, and attach them to the backside of the egg. Tie a piece of ribbon in a bow under the egg.AMAZING MOMS
'Tie Dyed' Eggs
Why We Love It: These "Tie-dyed" eggs will finally give you an excuse to get your husband to ditch the ugly ties!
What You'll Need: old silk ties, eggs and a pillowcase cut into pieces.
How to Do It: Remove the inner fabric of the tie and cut the bottom off. Have your kid help you wrap the egg inside the shiny part of the tie and close it up with string. Grab the pillowcase pieces to wrap around the eggs. Boil for 20-30 minutes and that lame old tie is an Easter egg masterpiece!THE LARSON LINGO
Mesmerizing Marbled Eggs
Why We Love It: These marbled creations call for lots of teamwork -- a great way to get fighting siblings to work together.
What You'll Need: Hard-boiled eggs, vinegar, food coloring, shaving cream, baking tray, paintbrush, tongs, sealing spray and a cooling rack.
How to Do It: Fill up a tray with shaving cream and add several drops of various food coloring. Make your child your special helper and have her swirl the colors with the shaving cream. Then dip the eggs into the mixture and have her roll them around. Remove the eggs with the tongs, and place them onto a cooling rack to let dry overnight. To prevent the colors from fading, spray the eggs with a glossy sealing spray.TOT SCHOOL
Why We Love It: These quirky and adorable egg-people make sweet centerpieces for the kids' table at your Easter dinner.
What You'll Need: Hard boiled eggs, egg cups, pretty paper, masking tape, scissors and markers
How to Do It: Cut out a half circle, a bow-tie, a collar and a dot using any leftover paper you have around. Roll the half circle into a cone shape and glue the dot on top to create a party hat. Attach the collar and bow-tie to the eggcup and place the egg inside. Have your kid draw a fun face and top it off with the party hat.A BIT OF PILLI PILLI
An Ombre of Eggs
Why We Love It: The ombre trend has hit cakes, kids' fashion, hairstyles and nails -- so why not Easter eggs?
What You'll Need: Hard boiled eggs and dye
How to Do It: Dye each egg for a different period of time: the longer you let the egg soak, the darker the shade will be. Line them up when you're done from lightest to brightest to get the full ombre effect.SUGAR AND CHARM
Why We Love It: The whimsical designs for painting are endless, so let encourage your kids to let their imaginations run wild.
What You Need: Hard boiled eggs, watercolor paints, stencils and colored pencils
How to Do It: Supply the paints and pencils, and have your kid paint the egg his favorite color. Then let your kid finish off his masterpiece by adding his favorite designs using the stencils and colored pencils.ALSIA BURKE